The longtime home of the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Championship will have a new look next year. As part of a three-year renovation plan, Madison Square Garden is closed this summer while undergoing significant upgrades to its lower bowl, concourses, suites and locker rooms.
According to MSG, the renovations will include “wider concourses with views of the city, new first-class food and entertainment amenities, improved sightlines, more comfortable seating, a dynamic new scoreboard, sound and LED video systems in HD, new luxury suites, clubs and hospitality areas, and new one-of-a-kind bridges.”
There are currently about 1,000 construction workers working daily to ensure the building is ready for the start of the NBA and NHL seasons. The New York Knicks and New York Rangers are two of the building’s main tenants.
Madison Square Garden has been home to the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Championship since 1983. The arena will be closed each of the next two summers as well and the complete transformation is slated to be finished by the fall of 2013.
Check out some of the recent photos of the renovation below including of former Syracuse (and current Knicks') star Carmelo Anthony visiting the construction (Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor/MSG Photos).